Despite the best efforts of the KCTUG (K-Country Trail Users Group) that included a letter writing campaign to various ministers and a presentation to the KCICC (K Country Interdepartmental Consultive Committee), K Country has turned down our request to open up the stretch of road between Gorge Creek and Volcano Ridge trailheads. Their decision “was guided by current provincial parks legislation and policies, staff knowledge of existing and potential future trails opportunities, as well as stakeholder and public unput.”
A bit of background info: The road, which is a public road, was damaged by the 2005 floods. When the Sheep River management draft plan came out it intimated that ALL the road between Gorge Creek and Ware Creek trailheads was in really bad shape and of course people responded to the draft plan accordingly. However, this wasn’t so. The only stretch of bad road occurred just west of Ware Creek trailhead. The section between Gorge Creek and Volcano Creek was in perfect condition. One would think, therefore, that there was no reason not to open up this bit of road to hikers who have been using the Volcano Ridge trailhead for decades.
Trying to get answers has been a frustrating business. On this issue, dialogue with K Country has been less than insightful throughout and we still don’t know the real reason behind the closure. If we did, we might be able to accept it and move on.